Keynote Presentation (Ray Suarez)
What is the role of the church universal in the world today? Where has it been effective? And where has it failed? The dramatic shift in demographics we saw in the recent election (and how it affected the outcome) is reflected in our mainline denominations. How do we wake up to the reality? And what happens if we do? Or don't?
The Beatitudes (Archbishop Elias Chacour)
Elias Chacour is the Archbishop of Akko, Haifa, Nazareth and All Galilee of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church. Noted for his efforts to promote reconciliation between Arabs and Israelis, he is the author of two books about the experience of Palestinian people living in present-day Israel. He describes himself as a "Palestinian-Arab-Christian-Israeli."
Rob Bell and The New American Christianity (Jim Wellman)
UW professor Wellman’s latest book uncovers how well known pastor and author Rob Bell transcended the evangelical versus liberal divide. “Much more than a biography, Wellman uses the life of Rob Bell to reveal the inner logic of a growing orthodoxy in American Christianity. Wellman traces the maturing of this charismatic preacher from an earnest young pastor to a nuanced bestselling “heretic”—and in doing so maps the development of a more ambiguous, more open evangelicalism.”
Electronic Biblical Resources (J.P. Kang)
[slides] An overview of the latest electronic tools available to study Scripture for both personal and preaching/teaching purposes. Whether you are a preacher, seminarian or interested in doing deeper study of Scripture, J.P. will present a variety of helpful electronic resources.
Church Communications (Aaron Willett)
[slides] What does Yelp say about your church? Seattle Presbytery’s communications coordinator explores options and ideas for churches in website hosting and other electronic communications.
American Podium: Ray Suarez
Below is Ray's presentation at Seattle's Town Hall the day before PresbyFest. This presentation was made possible by Seattle University and the Seattle Channel.